Just wanting to know if anyone here with cfs/me who had bad symptoms of insomnia from the start of cfs/me who has been able to come off sleep meds and been able to sleep well again. I understand theres going to be an adjustment period before sleep would possibly return to normal. Im just wanting know this i suppose as i dont really know if my sleep problems now are from cfs/me or from being on sleep meds for so long. Even on meds my sleep go's whacky and when this happens i just stop my benzo sleep meds and put up with the crappy sleep for a few days and then return to benzo's where i start to sleep better again for awhile, which i think is probably from having the break from benzo's and reducing the tolerence to these meds. But as you can see its very up and down way to live and sleep. I know if i taper off sleep meds im going feel like crap, so will be making sure i have a few weeks off work, but if i do this i would like to know if it could help as i dont want to go through the torcher of coming off if its not going to help me and its the cfs/me thats still causing my sleep problems and its not the medication. So catch 22, is it chronic use of sleep meds or is it cfs/me causing insomnia. I have had a sleep study done with little sleep but apparently enough to diagnose apneas etc, basically i had to periods of sleep between 10-20mins long, and i got minimal deep sleep. As for medication i havent used any large doses eg 10mg of valium or 2 zopiclone which is 15mg and i may add an antihistamine or baclofen to it and i use neurontin, so 2 things for sleep and neurontin. I have added a few natural things of late which have helped some but nothing is perfect. Stuff i have read about people being addicted to benzo's and tapering off, they were on doses much larger then myself and tapered over a long period of time as in months. SO going by that it shouldnt take me long to taper off 10mg of valium but then again these people didnt have cfs/me. I just dont really know what to do. my me/cfs symptoms have improved alot over last couple of months and sleep is the last and worst symptom i have to conquer, at the moment, touch wood. I would appreciate everyones thoughts and experience. cheers!!!